STRIKE HITS FUNCTIONING OF KASHMIR HOSPITALS

Non-payment of salary to health employees

ALTAF BABA

Srinagar, Mar 25: The employees of the Health and Medical Education Department Monday suspended work across the Valley and held a strike against non-payment of their monthly salaries.
 Work at all the government offices associated with the Health Department in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley including CMO offices remained paralyzed throughout the day in response to a pen-down strike called by Health Employees’ Co-ordination Committee to protest the order by which their salaries were stopped by the Director Health Service, Kashmir after their names figured in a list of 2400 alleged illegal appointees early this year.
 The order contains name of scores of employees including doctors, Block Medical Officers, paramedics appointed through recruitment agencies like Public Service Commission, Service Selection Board and compassionate appointments under SRO 43. Scores of such employees have been also included in the list who after 7 years of service were regularized by the state government,” said Showkat Andrabi, President of the Health Employees’ Co-ordination Committee.
 “Similar orders in other districts also have created chaos and confusion in the department as the salaries of many genuine employees has been stopped,” he said.
 Numerous employees of the Health Department, including doctors and Block Medical Officers, are up in arms after their names figured in the recently issued list of fake appointees.
 The Finance Department has sent report of the Director Audit and Inspections of the Health Department about 2400 fake appointments in Kashmir province and has asked the department not to release salary to the fake appointees.
 Following the directive, the Director of Health Services, Kashmir directed the drawing and disbursing authorities to stop the salary of all such employees.
 In Baramulla district, 498 employees have been identified as fake/ illegal appointees, which include 13 doctors and two Block Medical Officers. In Bandipora district, 240 employees have been identified as fake appointees. Similarly, in other districts like Srinagar, Kupwara, Budgam, Pulwama, Islamabad (Anantnag) lists of such employees have been issued.
 Scores of other employees identified in the list said that the aim of such a list was to create confusion and divert attention from the actual illegal appointments in the department, both in Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
  “It is an attempt to hush up the cases of actual illegal appointees,” alleged an employee in Health department.
 Reports from Islamabad, Ganderbal said that work in hospitals there was also affected by the strike.
 The strike drastically affected the patient care in the hospitals.
 Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailender Kumar told a local news agency KNS that salary in favour of those employees found legally appointed will be released.
  “If any appointments are found fake, rules will decide their fate and consequences. They cannot blackmail the authorities by resorting to strikes”, he added.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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